Integration of Thermal Core Profiling and Scratch Testing for the Study of Unconventional Reservoirs

Evgeny Chekhonin, Yuri Popov, Raisa Romushkevich, Evgeny Popov, Dzhuliia Zagranovskaya, Vladislav Zhukov
2021 Geosciences  
Core analysis provides the essential information necessary for the characterization and development of hydrocarbon reservoirs. High core-scale heterogeneity and anisotropy, natural in unconventional reservoirs, complicate reservoir characterization and dictate the sampling methodology used. Continuous high-resolution thermal measurements with an optical scanner and scratcher along the core column can yield benefits in a sampling strategy. This article describes some features of the suggested
more » ... egration of non-destructive thermal profiling with partially destructive scratch testing applied for the study of rocks from the Bazhenov Formation (West Siberia, Russia). The spatial variation in the unconfined compressive strength and thermal conductivity components parallel and perpendicular to bedding for more than 1000 samples are demonstrated and discussed on core and log scales. The relationships between these properties are established for different rock types composing the formation. The joint analysis allows specialists to correctly define multiscale heterogeneities and facies that would be difficult or impossible to observe with logging data analysis or geological description alone. The established relationships make it possible to partially replace the semi-destructive scratch test with non-destructive optical scanning, providing UCS estimation. One more important outcome of the present work is the lessons learned regarding how to organize future works. The integration of thermal core profiling and scratch testing data looks promising for unconventional reservoir characterization.
doi:10.3390/geosciences11060260 fatcat:wkdq4l67fzhznmlyq5ttalxs5q